Organics, or organic material, include food scraps, leaves, and yard prunings. These make up the single largest unrecycled portion of the residential waste stream. In fact, according to a recent Waste Characterization Study about 31% of residential garbage is organics, including 17.3% food waste — a resource that could be used instead of landfilled.
Common examples are garbage bags, clear cups, utensils and compostable plastic garden pots. Problems with compostable plastics in the yard debris cart are: